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IBB

11/10/2017

EAJ-PNV calls for European legislation to protect diversity & takes French monolingualism to Strasbourg

An appearance in the European Parliament by five communities which are suffering discrimination due to the refusal of France to comply with European standards of respect for linguistic diversity will be used by the Basque National Party (EAJ-PNV) to repeat its call for binding European legislation to guarantee the rights of speakers of non-official languages across Europe. Pako Arizmendi, Chair of the Ipar Buru Batzar, and Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Deputy Chair of the ALDE Group and a Basque National Party MEP, presented this initiative in Bayonne.

NEWS

11/03/2017

National Assembly of Basque National Party calls rally against Article 155 and related arrests under the theme “Always with Catalonia”

The National Assembly, which is the highest authority of the Basque National Party (EAJ-PNV), has called a rally under the theme “Always with Catalonia”, consisting of ten minutes‘ silence in front of its headquarters at Sabin Etxea. This was to protest at the serious events in Catalonia in the wake of the application of Article 155 and the arrests of the Deputy First Minster and seven Regional Government Ministers, and to express solidarity with the legitimate representatives of the will of the citizens of Catalonia. The entire EBB, led by its Chair Andoni Ortuzar, accompanied the members of the National Assembly at the rally. Together with the Chair, the event was attended by Mireia Zarate, Koldo Mediavilla, Joseba Aurrekoetxea, Mikel Burzako, Kepa Aldama, Mª Eugenia Arrizabalaga, Ana Esther Furundarena and Iñaki Txueka, and by territorial chairs José Antonio Suso (ABB), Itxaso Atutxa (BBB), Joseba Egibar (GBB), Unai Hualde (NBB) and Pako Arizmendi (IBB).

NEWS

11/01/2017

Gaztelugatxe, runner-up in "Best European Film Location of the Decade"

The chapel of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo (Bizkaia) has been voted runner-up in the competition to find the Best European Film Location of the Decade, awarded by the European Film Commission Network (EFCN).

NEWS

11/01/2017

Lemóniz nuclear power plant site to be turned into shrimp farm

The site of the planned nuclear power plant in Lemoiz, Bizkaia, could be turned into a shrimp farm under plans announced by the Basque Government. The site, which never housed any nuclear fuel, is currently in ruins.

NEWS

11/01/2017

Basque Country wins fifth world Kayak Surf crown

The Basque Kayak Surf team have won their fifth world championship after a week of competition in Northern Ireland. Sources inside the team have expressed satisfaction that they continue to be “the world‘s strongest team” in the sport once again this year.

NEWS

11/01/2017

Tour de France to be decided in Iparralde

Txapela buruan eta ibili munduan. The winner of next year‘s Tour de France will ride into Paris on 29th July with the beret of a Basque champion. The previous day the decisive stage of the event will have been staged on Basque roads: the only individual time trial of the Tour, over 31 km from Senpere to Ezpeleta. The Tour is coming back to the Basque Country for the first time in 12 years, and it is doing so in style with its final stage.

NEWS

11/01/2017

Basque cyber-security centre now up and running

The Basque Cyber-Security Centre (BCSC) is “up and running” and now capable fo handling and managing cyber-security incidents affecting businesses, assured its Director Javier Diéguez in Bilbao.

NEWS

11/01/2017

Montxo Armendariz wins the Eusko Ikaskuntza award

At a ceremony in Pamplona, film director Montxo Armendariz received the Eusko Ikaskuntza-Caja Laboral award for the most outstanding lifetime of achievement in the Basque Country in the field of the humanities, culture, arts and social science. In his acceptance speech he quoted the line with which Navarre-born writer Javier Eder (himself inspired by Juan Benet) described his film-making: “describe the shepherds of your village and you will have described the world”. In other words, if a local theme is described well it takes on universal value.

NEWS

11/01/2017

Guggenheim 20th anniversary

Since its opening in 1997 the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has generated revenues totalling €3.173 billion, i.e. 37 times the cost of its construction. Designed by Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim gave the city a desire to be seen and a discourse that envisaged culture and citizenry, and a bridge connecting them. 18th October marked 20 years since the signing of the cooperation agreement between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Basque Government. That agreement has now been renewed.

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11/01/2017

Jokin Altuna wins cuatro y medio style pelota final

Finals are always special. The favourite Mikel Urrutikoetxea lost by the odd point to the challenger Altuna III. This year Amezketa-born Altuna tasted the glory that was denied him last year by Bengoetxea VI. Bizkaia has witnessed the arrival of a new champion – and that makes a good number. In a match characterised more by excitement than quality, the Gipuzkoa-born player played his shots right up to the last minute. He showed all the character that was lacking in his Bizkaia-born rival, who was a mere shadow of himself in this most decisive of

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11/01/2017

Basque First Minister rates visit to Quebec positively, saying it will serve to strengthen links on cultural, institutional and economic matters

Basque First Minister Iñigo Urkullu ended his official visit with a press debriefing at which he stressed the links between the Basque Country and Quebec. After outlining the events in which the Basque delegation took part, he highlighted the institutional meetings and new opportunities that were opening up with the CETA agreement, and also mentioned cooperation on matters of peaceful coexistence.

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11/01/2017

Europe pays tribute to Bilbao

In spite of the level of its fellow candidates, the favourable predictions concerning Bilbao were borne out and it was proclaimed European City of the Year 2018 at the Urbanism Awards 2018 in London. Mayor Juan Mari Aburto was visibly emotional as he collected the award, which he dedicated to all the people of Bilbao: “just being here was an award in itself, and it was very exciting to have this chance to tell the Academy of Urbanism in London some stories about Bilbao”.